Daily D – John 14:16-17
John 14:16, 17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of Truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you. (CSB)
because I have lived with integrity
and have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
Test me, LORD, and try me;
examine my heart and mind.
For your faithfulness guides me,
and I live by your truth.
but lies are soon exposed.
Proverbs 12:19, New Living Translation
We live in a choose-your-own-truth world. Many people declare there is no such thing as truth. What they mean by this most often is that your understanding of truth is wrong. Otherwise, they would not make such a truth claim that there is no such thing as truth.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life,” (John 14:6, my emphasis added). All truth is God’s truth. Truth is what he says it is. He is the final authority on all things. He is our Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Judge, and Redeemer.
All authority is God’s. Any authority we have and hold or grant to others or others exercise over us is temporarily delegated. In the end, every authoritarian will account for his or her administration of that delegated authority. Rush Limbaugh was right when he said, “Talent on loan from God.” We are stewards of authority, not owners.
The affect of our lives, our effectiveness in living, loving, and stewarding influence is about as enduring and beneficial as our alignment with God’s truth. King David knew this. His son Solomon recognized this. Jesus declared it and demonstrated it.
How many times have you seen someone in a television show or movie swear to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing less than the truth”? It is impossible for someone to do this if he or she does not recognize the existence of truth. Justice then becomes injustice. Rights, unalienable or civil, do not exist with trustworthy application.
Truthless living leads to disorder and chaos. Power becomes more important than social contracts. Anarchy eventually comes for us all. The National Guard is not clear on who to push back or when to shoot.
Truthlessness turns children into experiments. They can be sexualized, idealized, indoctrinated, and manipulated.
Truthlessness empowers politicians to say spending trillions of dollars is really revenue neutral. Our credit card companies think otherwise when we make similar declarations.
We need more truth, not less. We need the protection truth provides. We need the liberty truth provides. We need the predictability truth provides.
We need more Jesus.
We need more Holy Spirit.
The good news is we have as much truth as we need as we align and attune our hearts and minds with Jesus. We can live what is true because the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth. The ambiguities of our age fall away as we experience and embrace God’s truth.
I will live in step with the Spirit of Truth.
Our Father, teach me your truth. Deliver me from every lie. Empower me to communicate your truth so that all may live in the glorious freedom your truth provides. Amen.
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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.